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Kari Urdahl

Kari Urdahl, 98, a longtime resident of Aberdeen, died at Sunrise Adult Family Home in Olympia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Kari was born in Vaaler, Norway, Sept. 9, 1916, the daughter of Karl and Gunda (Knashaug) Dellerud. She graduated from the school system in Vaaler and on Nov. 28, 1942, she married Sigurd Urdahl there.

David Harold “Shilib” James Sr.

David Harold “Shilib” James Sr., 77 years of age and a longtime Taholah, Wash., area resident, died on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center in Montesano, Wash. He was born on Feb. 28, 1938, in Browning, Mont., to Elmer Cleveland “David” and Clara (Bremner) James. When he was a small child he was baptized in an area Catholic Church.

Margaret J. Wick

Margaret Jennie Wick, 89, of Elma, Wash., passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015, at Willapa Harbor Rehab in Raymond. Margaret was born in Aberdeen on Nov. 2, 1925, to Basil and Iva (Achey) Harrell. Margaret is survived by her children, David Wick of Los Angeles, Diane Wilson of St. Louis and Raymond Wick of Kent Island, Md.; four grandchildren, her sister Vi Hillberg and her beloved cat PJ. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Iver; her infant son Robi, three sisters and a brother. Margaret lived at Copalis Beach for over 40 years and worked as an O.B. nurse at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, a career she truly enjoyed. Margaret was an avid reader and loved to travel; her “trip of a lifetime” was to Japan. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please send donations to northbeachpaws.org or NB Paws, PO Box 962, Ocean Shores, WA 98569.

Donald G. Mason

Don was born Dec. 16, 1931, in Forks, Wash. to Walter and Hattie Mason, and died at home in his sleep on March 21, 2015, at age 83. Don was nick named “Tuffie” by neighbors when first moving to Forks at age 5. Don was aggressive and outstanding in football and basketball while attending Forks High School, graduating in 1950 as student body president.

Kathleen Jo Kovach

Lifetime resident of Aberdeen, Kathleen Jo Kovach, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Aberdeen, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Kathleen was born in Aberdeen, Nov. 16, 1945, the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn (Childs) Vessey. She graduated from Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen in 1964.

Fern V. Ledford Green

Fern V. Ledford Green was born to parents Ewell Venable and Cora P. (McCamment) Ledford Dec. 19, 1922, at Cougar, Wash., on a homestead. Fern was delivered by her father while he was on furlough from the Army at Vancouver Barracks, Wash.

Judy Hawley Smith

Judy Hawley Smith was born in Tacoma, Wash. on Sept. 25, 1939, to Orville and Chela Wiley. On Sunday, March 8, 2015, she passed away peacefully at home and went to hold her grandson Cole Kuzaro, who preceded her in death. She grew up in Aberdeen, Wash. with her two sisters Diane Patton and Joyce Bogdon, and brother Orville Wiley. She graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1957. She had a long and successful career as the purchasing agent for the Auburn School District and retired at the age of 55. She took great pride in her flower gardens and was fiercely creative and meticulous about her crafts, which included woodworking, painting, ceramics and numerous other innovative hobbies. Her current passion was being Nana for her grandson Drew Kuzaro. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melina and Cory Kuzaro. She raised her daughter with the motto to be courageous and to know she could accomplish whatever she set her mind out to do. She will be greatly missed. A life remembrance for Judy will be held on March 29th at 11 a.m. at her daughter’s home.

Vernon D. Fox

Longtime Grays Harbor resident, Vernon D. Fox passed away March 18, 2015 at Providence St. Peter Hospital, following a short illness. He was born on May 10, 1927 in Pacific Grove, Calif. to Frank and Lois Fox.

Lela ‘Fern’ Hendricks

Lela “Fern”Hendricks, 92, passed away on March 3, 2015. The youngest of 11 children, born and raised in Louisiana, Mo., she spent most of her life in Grays Harbor County in Montesano, Aberdeen and Ocean Shores. She was a member of Aberdeen Eagles and REAC and Olympia VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by three daughters and one stepson: Sharon Johnson of Edmonds, Wash., Kathy Fisher of Prior Lake, Minn., Sandy Lynn of Marysville, Wash. and John Hendricks of Beaverton, Ore. She also had six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jean Henrietta Bunch

Jean Henrietta Bunch, age 96, a longtime resident of Hoquiam, died on March 15, 2015, at Fir Lane Convalescent Center in Shelton. Mrs. Bunch was born on June 19, 1918, in Hoquiam, Wash. to Richard T. and Mamie (Aldridge) Stritmatter. In 1935, she and LaVerne K. Bunch were married in Hoquiam.

Floyd (Topper) La Croix

Early in the morning on Dec. 18, 2014, Topper La Croix began his Sacred Journey to the Spirit World, at the age of 85, surrounded by friends, family and the supportive care of Grays Harbor Community Hospital staff, in Aberdeen, Wash.

Leah Rae (Mathews) Lauerman

Leah Rae (Mathews) Lauerman aka “Water Grandma,” passed away unexpectedly on March 12, 2015. Born on Sept. 6, 1947, Leah was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and surrogate mother to all. She was the most caring person anyone ever met. After raising two beautiful daughters in Grisdale, Wash., she and Steve made their permanent residence on Mason Lake. All will sorely miss her mastery of cooking. Leah would often make feasts for any given event. It didn’t matter whether there were 5 or 100 people, Leah would cook for 100 (just in case more showed up).

Dolores Jones

Dolores Jones of McCleary and the East Satsop Valley, passed away on Feb. 28, 2015. Dolores was born on Oct. 27, 1929 to a large farm family on the Great Plains of South Dakota. She grew up on that farm near Doland, S.D. and graduated from Doland High School. Dolores met Harry Jones of nearby Frankfort, S.D. upon his return from World War II, and they married in June of 1947. Harry was continuing his education under the GI Bill and that took them to the University of Colorado at Boulder, in pursuit of Harry’s Master degree. Dolores supported Harry’s education by typing and editing many of his papers, and this support carried on through Harry’s writing career. Dolores lived in South Dakota until 1968 when she and Harry moved to Washington state.

Fern Garnet Hranac

Fern Garnet Hranac born Fern Garnet West in Foreston, Minn. on July 5, 1925 passed away Feb. 28, 2015. Fern married William Hranac on Jan. 10, 1946, celebrating 64 years of marriage until his death in May 2010. Mom was the beating heart of our family. All were welcome in her home with open arms and open heart. Kindness abounded, food plentiful and laughter unlimited. She will be missed by too many to name. She is survived by her four children, Judi (Don) Hirschman, Tom (Lynn) Hranac, Terri (Jim) Reinmiller, Debbie (John) McManus, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren and one on the way. Our Angel Mother is now cradling her 10th great-grandson in her arms. We would like to extend an invitation for a celebration of life potluck at the family home on April 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. The family requests a donation to your favorite charity in honor of Fern Hranac.

Gilbert “Nippy” Kuhn

Gil passed away March 7, 2015 at the age of 84. Gil was born April 10, 1930 in Hoquiam, Wash. He was a star baseball player at Hoquiam High School. He then went into the Air Force and was stationed at Fairchild AFB for four years where he was a military policeman and starred on the base baseball team. He played a year of pro ball then worked for Great Northern and Burlington Northern RR for 30 years in Spokane.

Shirley Maurine Fuller

Shirley Maurine Fuller, 86, died March 6, 2015, at Grays Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Aberdeen. She was born in Walla Walla, Wash., on May 22, 1928, the daughter of Mark G. and Ollie Mae (Deweese) Bates. She was a graduate of Walla Walla High School in 1946.